Responding Wash. Battalion Chief Injured in Crash

A responding Key Peninsula battalion chief and two civilians were injured in a crash early Tuesday morning.

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The unidentified battalion chief was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma after his department SUV collided with a car on the Key Peninsula Highway, according to The News Tribune.

The two civilians also were transported to St. Joseph Medical Center, but information on their conditions was not known.

The battalion chief responded to assist with a medical call shortly before midnight Monday in the southern end of the fire department's district and an ambulance arrived received the patient, Assistant Fire Chief Guy Allen told the newspaper.

As the medic unit left for the hospital, the condition of the patient worsened and the driver requested another paramedic to ride in the back of the ambulance and administer aid.

After the department's other medic unit reported that it was responding to another call, the battalion chief said he'd assist and headed to the station to meet the ambulance.

The battalion chief had his lights and sirens activated when car reportedly didn't stop at a stop sign at an intersection, causing him to hit the vehicle on the driver's side.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating the collision.